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European Commission publishes cybersecurity strategy

The European Commission, together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has published a new cybersecurity strategy alongside a Commission proposed directive on network and information security (NIS).

The cybersecurity strategy, ‘An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace,’ represents the EU's vision on how best to prevent and respond to cyber disruptions and attacks.

Specific actions are aimed at enhancing cyber resilience of information systems, reducing cybercrime and strengthening EU international cyber-security policy and cyber defence.

The strategy identifies five priorities:

  • Achieving cyber resilience
  • Drastically reducing cybercrime
  • Developing cyber defence policy and capabilities related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
  • Developing the industrial and technological resources for cyber-security
  • Establishing a coherent international cyberspace policy for the European Union and promoting core EU values.

The proposed NIS Directive is a key component of the overall strategy and would require all Member States, key internet enablers and critical infrastructure operators such as e-commerce platforms and social networks and operators in energy, transport, banking and healthcare services to ensure a secure and trustworthy digital environment throughout the EU.

The proposed Directive lays down measures including:

  • Member State must adopt a NIS strategy and designate a national NIS competent authority with adequate financial and human resources to prevent, handle and respond to NIS risks and incidents;
  • Creating a cooperation mechanism among Member States and the Commission to share early warnings on risks and incidents through a secure infrastructure, cooperate and organise regular peer reviews;
  • Operators of critical infrastructures in some sectors (financial services, transport, energy, health), enablers of information society services (notably: app stores e-commerce platforms, Internet payment, cloud computing, search engines, social networks) and public administrations must adopt risk management practices and report major security incidents on their core services.

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•Date: 11th Feb 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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